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David Bellavia addresses 150 people at the United Way event. His photo is on a banner than includes another Medal of Honor recipient from Lyndonville, Forrest Vosler. Bellavia said Vosler was “is an absolute stud” for his actions in the World War II. Vosler was assigned as a radio operator and aerial gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed the “Jersey Bounce Jr.” with the 358th Bombardment Squadron, 303rd Bombardment Group stationed out of England. On Dec. 20, 1943, the Jersey Bounce Jr. was on its 28th combat mission. Vosler was hit with an exploding shell in the chest, face and eyes while in flight. He continued to deliver defensive fire upon German aircraft until the attacks subsided. After the aircraft plunged into the frigid waters of the North Sea, Vosler crawled out of the aircraft onto a wing as other crewmembers pulled a fellow solider out of the craft. Realizing that the unconscious soldier would slip into the cold water, Vosler grabbed him by the waist and held him in place until inflatable dinghies were ready for use.

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